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August 23, 2013

Busy night for city council at regular meeting

Several discussions were held and actions taken at the regular meeting of the Knoxville City Council meeting on Aug. 19.

The agenda had time slated for a public hearing regarding the rezoning of the 206 West Pearl St. property. No individuals attended the hearing, and the City Council approved the rezoning.

The Council also discussed approving MSA Professional Services to conduct a survey amongst some Knoxville residents in order to continue with the Community Development Block Grant program. City Manager Harold Stewart said that the program has produced successful home rehabilitations in the past, such as winterization of homes. The Housing Authority has aided the City in conducting a survey, but that has proved to not be an available option at this time. The application for CDBG must be turned in by December. A representative from MSA was present at the meeting for any questions. The survey work will cost $3,000, and the survey will be conducted primarily by mail to 200-300 homes in Knoxville. The survey will be a 2-3 month process.

After determining that this survey can be used for up to three years, the Council approved MSA to do the survey work so they can continue with the CDBG program as quickly as possible.

Also in discussion was a sewer televising project with Veenstra & Kimm that has been in progress for several years. Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik said that the City’s original contract included the linear number of feet of the sewer. Feik recommended that a list be made of the sewer sections that remain to be recorded to be submitted to the televising company. A request will also be made to Central Iowa Televising that the video footage be given to the city in a format that will be easily accessible for viewing.

Stewart brought to discussion requirements by the DNR that the waste treatment plant be updated. The plant update will be based on natural systems. Council member April Verwers requested clarification about a section of the contract regarding residential inspections. Feik explained that the document had mentioned an inspection of Sewer Area 4. Sewer inspections have been underway, and Area 4 inspections should be finished in the next 30 days. Section 3 inspection will take place during the Streetscape project.

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